In the first weeks of Term 4, fifty-five students in Years 7 to 9 were very fortunate to take part in four Pillars Leadership sessions. We discussed many key aspects of being a leader at Siena and developed skills that we could potentially use in leadership roles.
The main focus of the first session was on Dominican values in leadership and why they are so important to our College. Our next session was looking at public speaking and leading in challenging situations. We all learnt a great deal about the key skills that are vital when speaking in front of a large crowd. For the second half of the session we were given real life scenarios and we had to figure out a way to be the leader in a difficult situation.
In the third session, we learnt about planning, organisation and working effectively in teams. We learnt that there is so much preparation and behind the scenes work to make our College events happen and worked in groups to practice planning an event together.
In the fourth and final session, we learnt about social justice, which is such a huge part of our education at Siena. We then heard from some current student leaders with tips to encourage others to achieve to the best of their ability. Bridget, Laura and Adrienne also gave us an insight of what it is like to be a leader at Siena College. Over the past sessions, all of the Years 7 to 9 students learnt so much and we look forward to applying for leadership positions in the future. Thank you to all of the special presenters for making these sessions possible. Majella Hine, Year 8
As a Year 9 student at Siena College, I had the opportunity to attend the College’s Junior Pillars Leadership Program to further my leadership skills. Over the course of four weeks the participants explored the importance of Dominican values and how the college strives to implement the pillars of study, community, service and prayer into everyday school life. During the second session we discussed public speaking and how to both overcome and conquer the challenges public speaking can pose. In the third session we discussed tactics to stay organised and the many procedures required when planning events for the Student Representative Council (SRC). During the fourth and final session, we discussed social justice, what it means and what we can do to support a community which celebrates equality. Overall, I found the experience greatly rewarding. As an applicant for captaincy next year, I am excited to see what I can bring to the SRC and demonstrate all that I have learnt during this rewarding program. Juliet Bond, Year 9
Over the last four weeks some students from Years 7 to 9 participated in the Junior Pillars Leadership course. Each session we heard from different students and teachers who are leaders at Siena. They spoke to us about what they believe are the characteristics of a good leader and how we could learn to be a better leader in different situations. I personally really enjoyed the Pillars course, as I was able to build on my leadership skills to help me become the best leader I possibly can. The thing I really enjoyed learning about was how to work effectively in teams because I believe that teamwork is really important for leadership, and is also a useful skill in day to day life. Charlotte Lang, Year 7